SRS Newsletter
December 2011
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Fellowship Committee Report

Carlos Tello, MD
Fellowship Committee Chair

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued interest and dedication to this wonderful spine society. Although meeting attendance is a membership requirement, there are many members who attend above and beyond what is required. There is no doubt that the Annual Meeting or IMAST are like lighthouses attracting hundreds of spine surgeons who have a strong desire to learn, discuss and present papers, while sharing their personal experiences with colleagues from around the world. This, my friends, is an invaluable membership benefit that motivates us “to foster the optimal care of all patients with spinal deformities.”

In the coming year, the Fellowship Committee will work with the Globalization, Public Relations and the World Wide Conference Committees to increase awareness of SRS globally and to assist with membership recruitment efforts to attract qualified potential candidates.

Please continue to read further for important membership news and reminders.

New Candidate Requirement:
The Fellowship Committee and the Board of Directors have added a new Candidate Member requirement. Beginning with the January 1, 2012 membership group, all Candidate members will be required to serve on two committees during their five year Candidate term. This will serve as a mentorship opportunity as well as an opportunity to increase your SRS network!

Candidate Members Applying for Active Membership:
All Candidate Members seeking to advance to Active status are required to submit an 11 month case list of all patients treated. Applicants must include non-operative patients and cases in their case list and failure to do so will prevent a Candidate Member from becoming an Active Member. Please note that the 11-month case list is different from required the annual online M&M report.

Membership Dues:
An e-mail notice to pay your 2012 Membership dues was sent on November 30, 2011. Please pay dues before December 31, 2011.

To pay your membership dues by credit card or to print an invoice, please log in to the Members-Only section of the SRS website Under “Member Resources” click “Pay Dues” which is the fourth item listed. Please fax or mail your dues payment with an invoice to the SRS office. Only checks drawn on US banks will be accepted for payment.

If you have forgotten your password, you must reset it here: Forgot your password?. The SRS office does not have access to your passwords.

Dues paid to SRS are not deductible as a charitable contribution but may be deductible as a business expense. The SRS tax ID number is # 23-7181863.

Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Reminder:
The 2011 M&M reports are due April 1, 2012. The site for the 2012 reporting year will open January 1, 2012.

This is an annual requirement for both Candidate and Active Members (surgeons). Active Members (surgeons) who did not submit their 2010 M&M report will be assessed $300 with their 2012 dues. The proceeds will go toward the Research Education and Outreach (REO) Fund for continued M&M-related research.

SRS considers M&M reporting a valuable part of our membership and encourages submissions!

Fast Track to Active Membership Reminder:
If you know of a senior spine surgeon who has greatly contributed to the spine world and is interested in membership, please have them contact Nilda Toro, Membership Manager, to verify the requirements below. The fast track option will bypass the five-year Candidate period.

Must be verified by SRS office before an application is released:

  • 15 years or more in spine deformity practice
  • Full Professorship or equivalency
    • Time spent in membership/training is not calculated
  • A clinical practice which includes at least 20% spinal deformity
  • Three abstracts submitted to the SRS Annual Meeting or IMAST, or one accepted, within five years of application date
  • Have attended at least two SRS meetings, one must be an Annual Meeting, and the other may be an International Meeting on Advance Spine Techniques (IMAST), within five years of application date

A complete fast track submission includes:

  • One copy of the completed fast track application. Provided by SRS office only
  • One copy of your current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Five letters of recommendation from current Active SRS members or Emeritus (previously Active) SRS members
    • One of the five letters may be from the president of your local spine deformity society (non-SRS member is acceptable)
    • Letters may be sent directly to the SRS office
  • A non-refundable $100 (USD) application fee (discount for low income countries available)
  • One copy of a current photo (you may either send a hard copy with the application or email an electronic copy to

Active Member responsibilities:

  • Attend, one meeting every three consecutive years and one SRS Annual Meeting at least every five consecutive years
  • Submit yearly on-line Morbidity & Mortality reports (surgeons) or contribute to the research fund of a $300 assessment
  • Pay annual membership dues on the calendar year, of $500 USD or World Bank Economy rate
    *Only Active Members may vote and hold elected offices within SRS

Membership Benefits: Special access to the “Member’s Only” section of our website to view past meeting sessions, full access to the online E-Text book that covers many interesting and helpful topics, our amazing historical archives, quarterly on-line newsletter, Global Outreach Lecture Depository, leadership opportunities through committee involvement, educational opportunities through small group tutorials, be listed on our physician locator, reduced meeting registration for the Annual Meetings & International Meeting on Advance Spine Techniques (IMAST), and network with the premier spine surgeons from around the world.

Application deadlines are December 1 and June 30, every year. The fast track option will expire June 30, 2014.

Chair: Carlos A. Tello, MD Committee Members: Serena S. Hu, MD; Laurel C. Blakemore, MD; Hilali H. Nordeen, FRCS; Douglas C. Burton, MD.